Hello Simple Stories friends and fans!

Nathalie with you today;   it looks like Spring is slowly coming our way, so I want to get started on those happy and colorful feelings using the new Spring Farmhouse collection from Simple Stories  to document a recent picture of my family.

This new collection is packed with beautiful sentiments, designs and colors, so, what better way to showcase them all than to back a cut file with it.   For this page, i used a cut file from Handipaper and backed each of the flowers with papers from the 6x8 paper pad and papers from the collection.

To take advantage of the angles of the cut file, i chose to back the center frame with the Cream paper from the Spring Farmhouse collection, and then glue it to the B side of the Well Said paper on an angle.

The new position of the cut out on the page created the perfect placing for the picture, so once i layered it with some papers from the 4x6  elements paper i glued it in place and added embellishments around it in clusters.  So many embellishments to chose from, so easy to combine them in this page.

To enhance the florals in the cut file, i used the Floral  Bits and Pieces  to add to floral clusters.   I simply fussy cut a bit of the white edge of each floral image, and added them with foam adhesive.   For the title of this page,  i used a combination of stickers and placed it at the bottom of the large floral cluster.

I love how this page turned out, and how colorful it is, perfect for Spring -even when the picture is not a colorful one-.  The new Spring Farmhouse collection from Simple Stories is perfect to document all types of memories and put you in a Spring-kind-a-feeling. Remember to check it out, you are going to love it, too

XO

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Oh Happy Day!  The sun is shining and spring is on it’s way!    The Simple Stories Springtime Collection is  just the thing to get you in the mood to celebrate!

I love the Simple Stories Collection Kits.  They’re a great investment because they’re reasonably priced and you can make so much with everything that’s included.

The kit includes sheets of 3x4” journaling cards that make great focal points for your cards.  Since there are two sheets you can make LOTS of cards.  I like to cut the duplicate card – fussy cutting images and layering them over the original to add dimension.

The sticker sheets are perfect for embellishing.  I use my embossing buddy to powder the backs so they’re not sticky.  I add dimension by adhering them with adhesive foam stickers

And the papers are perfectly coordinated to mix and match.  There are five different patterns in the collection kit. The sheets are 12 x 12” so there’s lots to play with. 

There’s a little something here for everyone on your list!

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Hello! It is Kelly here on the Carpe Diem blog and today I am going to show you how I use a few scrapbook papers to decorate a weekly spread. I am using the springtime Simple set in my blush A5 planner. 

The Springtime Simple set includes three different 12x12 papers and one half stickersheet. The Welcome Spring (#10696) paper is filled with cute florals. If you follow my style for a while, you know by now that I love to fussycut floral papers. Of almost half of the paper I fussycutted all the florals to use in my spread.

On the bottom of the two pages I glued lots of the florals in a fun arrangement. I also glued a few florals on the top page. The pink gingham washitape is from the Spring Farmhouse set and matches very well with this collection. I added some phrase stickers from the ‘Hello’ Carpe diem sticker tablet and some functional stickers from the ‘Planner Basics’ tablet. I think in almost every spread lately I am using this basics tablet, I love it!

The 3x4 and 4x6 Elements paper (#10698) includes a 4x6 card with Hello Spring on it. I cut it out and used the Carpe Diem plannerpunch to punch the holes so that it fits in my planner. I also fussycutted two butterflies from the Elements paper and only glued the middle part of them on the card, so that they can pop up a little.

Lastly, the bookmark tablet that fits in the back pocket of the planner is perfect for quick groceries lists! Just tear them off and bring it to the supermarket. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and you can find more planner inspiration on my instagram account.

Have a lovely day!

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Marcia here today with a Spring Farmhouse layout for you. This is such a gorgeous collection! I love all the flowers with the spring color palette. The black in the collection really sets off the soft pastel colors. For me, it is so much needed after a hard winter that just doesn't want to go away any time soon. I knew immediately what photo I wanted to scrap. My niece had a senior photo taken outside where she is lounging in a chair. She lives in the country, so the field behind her and the chair give the photo a homey quality, just perfect for the farmhouse feel of this collection.

I started out with the Love This Life pattern paper for my layout base, then placed a strip of the black floral Love A Lot pattern paper down the middle of my page. To add a little warmth, I added a yellow punched border on both sides. To help my photo stand out against the patttern papers, I put a pretty doily behind the photo. I love how the doily mimics the lace in my niece's shirt.

Spring calls for flowers, so I added some along both sides of my photo. The Live Simply sticker was perfect for a title. I put some foam behind it to give it some dimension. In the bits and pieces ephemera pack was this pretty pink gingham frame which worked perfectly around this fabulous bicycle with quote sticker. I also tucked in some die cut leaves and this cute little bird from the chipboard sticker sheet. A twine bow adds to the farmhouse feel. Isn't this a gorgeous cluster of embellishments!

Did you also see the beautiful bow clips in this collection? I used the pink gingham bow to match the frame I used in my large embellishment cluster and placed it at the top of my photo.

More flowers and a chipboard frame make up a smaller embellishment cluster to the right of my photo.

You don't need to live in the country to appreciate this gorgeous collection. It is versatile enough to be used for your everyday photos at home too. I think I have a new favorite collection! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Hi, Odessa here with some SN@P! inspiration using the Spring Farmhouse collection. It is still super winter here but I am craving spring so much. I decided to bring the spring anyways by pairing Spring Farmhouse with some wintery photos. The bright pastels and upbeat vibes is just what I need right now.

I love all the pinks and yellows in Spring Farmhouse and I wanted to make them the focus of this page. I cut down the Love this Life cardstock to add to one of the pockets because that pink floral is gorgeous and a journal card to the other. The colours in them really set the tone for the rest of the layout. 

Spring Farmhouse had some fun new things in it and I had to include them! The bow clips are just darling. I used one to attach a bus transfer from the day to the page which acts as a title card with the date for my story.

Here I mix up a regular pocket page next to a page full of 2x2 squares. I used all of my 2x2 pictures on the other side of the page so I cut down a 4x6 photo to stick in the squares along with a 4x4 journal card from Spring Farmhouse and some ephemera from the day. 

The yellow in Spring Farmhouse is so good! It’s the perfect spring-y touch I needed in my layout and I made sure to add pops of it throughout.

Spring Farmhouse has the Live Simply coordinating stamps that are just so perfect. I used one of the phrases from the stamp set beside one of the die cuts from the bits & pieces pack to add some more words to the page.

I have all the 2x2 pockets going on here. I had a lot of pictures of similar things so instead of pages and pages of photos I printed them at 2x2 to get it all together. Each side of the layout is a different story made up of a bunch of photos. I added in some journal cards, stickers and more to finish off the layout and pull it all together.

Another new thing I was excited about was the enamel dots. The sheet has the main colours of the kit in a few different sizes perfect for adding an extra touch to my page. I used them to balance the circle on this page.

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Hello my fellow Simple Stories crafty peeps. Iris here with a bright, cheery layout to showcase photos when I first got to discover the magic of pretty things blooming in my backyard last year. We'd only been in our new house fall and winter, so it was all a delightful surprise.

I started off by using The Cut Shoppe Open Letter Alpha cut file to cut letters on my Silhouette out of white cardstock, but I didn't use those pieces on my layout.  Instead, I used them as templates to rough cut my letters out of all the papers in the Springtime Collection because I wanted a hand-cut look.  I then played with the placement until I could fit my photos along with the large letters, switching the order in each line. 

I used the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Salty Ocean to add tons of color to my background. I used a blending tool in a circular motion to get an ombre effect and sprinkled water all over.  After letting it sit a minute for the oxides to react, I blotted the excess water off, creating a droplet effect.

I machine stitched the letters down, and ruffled their edges.  I'd placed the two lines of letters and photos roughly equidistant from the top and bottom, leaving space in the middle, which I filled with the large scripty title from the Sticker Sheet.

I concentrated most stickers where the photos overlap each other, flowers on top and a mushroom and word strip at the bottom, continuing the symmetry of the design. But then I also added a butterfly, dragonfly, and watering can to form a trio that stands out from all the symmetry, giving the eye some definite points to travel on. 

The finishing touch was journaling and enamel dots from older Simple Stories lines to fill in a few gaps. I love that I can pull out older SS product and it matches!

I had so much fun making the most of this collection, showcasing the variety of papers and Springtime icons.  It's a Simple Set, so smaller than the normal collections, but it sure packs a punch! You can find the process video for this layout by hopping over to my Youtube channel. www.youtube.com/c/whimsyfox/videos

It's been a pleasure and honor being part of the Simple Stories Team this past year. Some of the best products and the best people in the industry! I'll be moving on to some other commitments, but will continue to admire and use all the cuteness Simple Stories has to offer.

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It's Kristine here today and I'm going to share a layout I recently created using the NEW Little Princess collection. This collection is filled with wonderful elements such as princess diecuts, beautiful tags with swans, quotes, bright flowers and so much more. The pink in this collection is a nice bright pink a bit on the fushia side and it would make any page look so spectacular. I am sure you will love this collection for your little ladies.

I used a photo from one of my friends daughters who is in dance. The dark blue background from the photo went well with the blue in the flower papers and it gave my page a great contrast in color. This little lady is also so charming and a wonderful dancer as well!

The small flower stickers, the enamel dots and diecut sequins really add some extra details to a page. 

I created my layout by first using 3 pieces of 6x8 papers and cutting them in different sizes. I placed them on a white piece of cardstock and left a small space between them to show a bit of white in the back. I did use my fingers to curl the edges of the papers for some detail. 

I added a tag with a swan and placed some dimensional adhesive to give some height and dimension to my diecuts. I added a little piece of twine to the tag but you could also use an enamel dot or leave it as is if you wish.  I also added enamel dots on my flowers and popped up my butterfly. 

I used one of the cutest princess' from the Princess Bits & Pieces. Take a look at all these options available to you from this little packet! Aren't these amazing?

I hope you enjoyed my layout today and please come join us on social media. Simple Stories post daily inspiration that will surely give you some ideas for your own scrapbook project. 

@SimpleStories_  or myself @KristineDavidson on instagram.

Can't wait to see your pages using this super cute Little Princess collection.

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Hello, I’m Cara and like most of the world right now, I’m excited for Spring. Officially there’s only about a week left of Winter, but I’m not sure the weather has gotten the memo! So to let Mother Nature know what time of year it's supposed to be (man, I wish she used a planner!) I’ve filled my TN with lots of beautiful spring flowers from the Spring Farmhouse collection.

My favourite is this March monthly spread, these soft Spring colours put a huge smile on my face and I can tackle any storm outside. I used number flags from the Numbers Sticker Tablet and the ‘March’ is from the Seasons Sticker Tablet.

Don’t be afraid to layer stickers. I’ve used stickers from the Spring Farmhouse 4x6 pack that has flowers and leaves that you can layer up for a custom look. I’ve added them to March 20th to mark the first day of Spring. I also added some label stickers on top of boxes. That long label is perfect to write in an event that spans two days.

This week’s spread is also full of Spring colours and icons, isn’t that bike the cutest? And that bow!!  Darling!

The pockets seem to scream Spring with all the birds and flowers. There’s a mix of chipboard, die cuts, cards from the cut apart sheets, washi and stickers. I tucked some patterned paper with some stickers into the long pocket in the back and my planner is ready for some sun.

There are lots of great motivational phrases in this collection and since we see the covers of our inserts everyday, I thought these would be a great spot to give myself some motivation. 

The ‘no rain, no flowers’ die cut was too small, so I hand wrote that one.  

I covered the weekly and monthly TN inserts with patterned paper and the black gingham one comes with the Blush Speckled TN. I layered patterned papers, stickers and enamel dots on the covers and I even ran a line of washi down the spine of the pink one. 

If you like process videos, I’ve got one up on my YouTube channel for my monthly spread here: Process Video March 2019

There is also a video featuring these other projects on my channel here: Cara’s channel

Happy planning!

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I’m looking forward to spring and these Easter Cards were just “Egg-sactly” the perfect project to work on. I love the cute colors in the Bunnies and Baskets Collection.

These cards were so fun to make I just couldn’t stop creating....

I love this cute happy chick....

These 3x4 cards are the perfect size for cards!!!

I love all the cute stickers!!!

These cute cards were made using the Bunnies and Basket collection kit!!!!

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Hey there friends! It’s Kylie back with you all on the blog today and I am going to share how I’ve set up my new A5 “Hello Floral” planner. Of all my Carpe Diem planners this beauty has become one of my absolute favourites ever! I’m completely in love with the floral design of it as well as the gingham check, both on the inside as well as the closure tab.

Part of the reason I love planning is not just the practical ‘being organised’ side of things but being creative in how I customise each month. I love making my own dashboards, dividers, note holders and more. This month I decided to use the new ‘Spring Farmhouse’ collection by Simple Stories. It’s a match made in planner heaven!

The inside cover of my planner features lots of roomy pockets for filling up. I love to add cards, extra die cuts and my washi tag which makes it perfect for planning on the go. It also looks colourful when open on my desk.

For March I made 3 custom dividers using the divider templates. I’ve layered lots of different paper patterns together before embellishing. I had a ‘hession’ looking doily in my stash which I have cut down to fit one side of my first divider. I’ve also used one of the 3 x 4 element cards as a centre piece. The pom pom trim was also an extra in my stash.

Usually I will leave the back of my dividers plain but I haven’t this month with so many pretty elements available to include in my planner. I used one of the 4 x 6 element cards which was a barn door. To finish it I have layered some of the flower die cuts over the bottom centred by the pretty enamel adhesive dots.

I created a little notepad holder featuring one of the 4 x 4 element cards, making it into a pocket. I adhered it to a backing piece of paper by running double sided tape around the two sides and bottom edge. I also punched a half circle in the centre for effect.You could also store photos or receipts in here.

For my second divider I added a floral border to one side using the gorgeous floral die cuts. I added some with foam tape so they sit up a little on the divider. It adds a nice dimension to it as does the adhesive enamel dots I centred the flowers with.

On my last divider, again it is centred by one of the 3 x 4 elements. As with all my dividers I have made some sweet little layered Butterfly’s from a punch and centred them also with an enamel adhesive dot.

I wanted to add a ‘mood board’ this month so I have used one of the snap pocket pages. By adding washi tape down the edge means I can re-punch the holes so it fits nicely within my planner.

I couldn’t wait to try the new stamp and die cut sets this month……

I stamped some card stock with the stamps I had chosen to use before lining up my dies and cutting them out with my manual die cutting machine. All that was left to do was add some colour….

I layered mine over a hand made tag for adding some washi to. These sets would also be perfect for using to make planner cards or extra decorative die cuts. It gives you the option of being able to customise your colours!

Here’s a little look at one of my weeks ‘before the pen’ for March. I’ve used lots of accents such as the washi tape, 4 x 6 sticker sheets and card stock stickers.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope you have enjoyed seeing my latest planning.

Chat soon!

Kylie

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Hello everyone, Jackie G here today to share another fun mini album!!  I used the brand new Say Cheese 4 collection for this mini.  It measures 7” by 10” with a 2.75” spine.  I wanted this mini album to be fairly large so it can store TONS of photos!!  I did use a hinge binding system with pocket pages.  You can find a tutorial HERE from My Sister’s Scrapper.  All you have to do is adjust the measurements to your liking.

Onto the mini album!!!  I used lots of different Say Cheese 4 products with this collection!!  The first, and probably my favorite right now is the large word dies!!!  I have spread many throughout the album!! They are also very fun to use on cards!! Another favorite for this collection was the kids “bits and pieces”!!  I really wanted this album to focus on children so this product was a must!!  And lastly (besides loving it all), I love the coordinating solid cardstock to match the collection!!  How awesome is that!!

Both the inside covers have pockets on them to store additional photos or memorabilia.  I have put a handful of photomats inside of various sizes.  All the pocket pages have the same large tag you pull out from the top.  Another great place for extra photos and journaling. 

I get asked this question lots…how do I put my photos in if elements are covering part of the photomat??  Super easy!!  I don’t put adhesive down on any part that touches the photomat.  That way I can easily slide in a photo.  This also makes it easy if you are giving a mini album as a gift. 

Lots of fun little frames and ephemera are tucked away behind larger elements.  This makes a fun interactive book.  Make sure to check out my Instagram page for a full walk through of this album so you can see exactly what I am talking about!!

You can see I used more of those large word dies!!  To give some extra dimension, I did cut them out in two different shades and offset them to give a “shadow” look. 

I hope you enjoyed this magical mini album and found some inspiration to create something of your own!!  Have a wonderful day!!

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Hello, again! It’s Rachel and I am back to share my finance planner setup for March!

While there are many wonderful things couples share, one of the more challenging ones is money. Whether you have shared accounts or not, money is something that inevitably gets discussed, reviewed, and may cause a stressful moment or two with you and your significant other. Money can sometimes cause the most stress in a relationship, and this often comes from not having a shared plan when it comes to how and where money is spent and saved. When my husband and I were engaged, one of the first things we did was get on the same page about money. Right from the start, we learned each other’s spending personalities (John’s a saver and I’m a celebrator, haha!), made an aggressive plan to pay off student loan debt and save for the future. You could say we swapped pre-marital counseling for financial counseling!

For the first few years, it was a challenge that required regular tracking of our spending and lots of “no’s” when we wanted to say “yes”. In the end, paying off our student loans in 18 months and putting the loan amount towards savings has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

Now I have to confess, with slightly higher incomes and no debt except our mortgage, we have gotten a little “relaxed” with our monthly expense tracking. But that’s no excuse! We have some exciting new changes coming up for us that require some big expenses and I am recommitting to tracking and planning our finances to make sure our money is working for us, and not against us.

To get me motivated, I have decided to setup a planner for all things finances, and what better what to make fun and functional than with the new, beautiful, Pink A5 planner! Planner friends, if ever there was a color that spoke to me, it is this one! Putting my finance planner inside this gorgeous planner will definitely increase the likelihood that I will actually use it.

For the setup, I decided to use the new A5 Dated 2019 Planner Printables. These inserts were downloaded, printed, cut, and punched in less than 10 minutes! While I will continue to swear by undated weekly and daily inserts, I absolutely LOVE a dated monthly insert. And for future planning, this is key.

On the monthly pages, I will track pay days, savings deposited, bills due and any future purchases I know I want to keep on my radar.  The Home Sweet Home and Get It Done stamp sets are perfect for marking my known monthly expenses. March is my birthday month, so I know there will likely be some spending to celebrate. I mark it on the calendar and make sure to move some money over to savings to prepare for that.

I know some people are nervous about sharing their expenses with others, but you shouldn’t be. When I first started tracking my expenses, I thought it was really helpful to see a real expense breakdown in action!

To track weekly spending, I am using my horizontal weekly inserts with the boxes split up as an expense log. Each morning, I will sit down with my planner, log the expenses from the day before, and keep a running balance of how much was spent.

At the end of the week, I will write the total spent, the end of week balance, and the type of spending I did most frequently. The notes section also has room to jot down observations, small wins, and ways to improve next week.

Now, to make these pages fun to look at, I included a few stickers from the Good Vibes A5 Tablet and some Good Vibes washi. Fun and functional!

In between the monthly and weekly inserts. I have also included a few basic pages for a running wishlist, big ticket items to plan for, a list of things to sell/giveaway, and other notes that I can reference throughout the month.

And lastly, no finance planner would be complete without a pocket to hold receipts and important information. I used paper from the Good Vibes 6x8 paper pad to make it punch it with the planner punch.

I hope you enjoyed a look inside my finance planner. I am excited to make finance planning a habit again. How do you keep track of your finances? Head over to my instagram post and let me know!

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What do you do when you can't decide which patterned papers to use on your layout? Use them all! Hi! It's Jana Eubank. When I began this page, I could not decide which patterned paper to cut into first. I love them all! So, ... I decided to use them all by creating a quilt-inspired background. Keep reading to find out how!

First, I pulled out all of the papers from the 6x8 paper pad that had full patterns on both sides. I then punched twenty 3" circles from the patterned papers. Next, I scored the circles at 0.5" on four sides. After scoring, fold each "petal" in towards the center creating a square shape with four "petals." After all of your circles are folded, line them up in rows to create the background.

I matted my photo with the Black/Cream Paper and two more patterns from the 6x8 paper pad. I cut two journal blocks from the 3x4 Elements Paper and 4x6 Elements Paper. One block houses my journaling and the other holds my title.

Next, I embellished my photo and the title block with the Floral Bits & Pieces die cuts. I added a punched flower to each of the large blue flowers for dimension, then finished them off with a black enamel dot center.

This page has so much texture and dimension with the folded circles. I just LOVE it! Try giving this technique a try on your next scrapbook page!

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Are you as excited about Say Cheese 4 as I am?!  I could not wait to get my hands on this collection so creating this album was almost as fun as taking my boys to their favorite theme park! 
 
For my opening spread, I wanted my pages to have a waterfall effect so that I could see several of the fun patterns as soon as I opened the album.  Then I used one of the new metal dies to cut out the Yay!
 
 
I used another one of the large metal word dies for the pocket shown above.
 
I love the chipboard stickers that come with the collection.  There are two sets ... cute icons (the banner above), and a fun set of words ("Happy" in the photo below).
 
The Say Cheese 4 6x8 binder comes with extra pages including this polka dot pocket!  Perfect for maps, tickets, autographs, and other memorabilia.

The 2x2 element cards are great ... cute phrases, icons, and lots of adorable kids!

 

I can't wait to add more photos and lots of journaling to this album! Visit me over on my blog at Artsy Albums, and stop by @artsyalbums on instagram to see more of my creative adventures!

 
 

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Spring Break is one of my favorite time of the year. Why? It's when my family always plan to travel somewhere new. 
 
I've set up the new A5 Teal Planner with the Simple Vintage Traveler. This planner set up is making me more and more excited for my family's upcoming trip.
 
"Pocket Love" full of bits & pieces
 I'm ready to explore the world.  There are so many places that I have yet to see and visit. I've created my dashboard using the quote "There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this" to be the highlight. I layered couple of 12x12 paper to create this dashboard. I decorated it with chipboard stickers and I layered couple of the washi tapes together.
I just thought it's perfect for my family's adventures. Life is an adventure.
 ...and so the adventures begins. Where will my family go to next for Spring Break?  I can't wait to document new memories in my travel planner.
I've always love creative planning in my A5. Horizontal Weeks is perfect for my planning style. I have so much room for stickers and other decor. I used the number stickers for the dates. I love how the word "Travel" looks perfect to the right side of my planner.
 I enjoyed using the "see the world"  stamps in my weekly layout. I've used black ink with the stamps which is super simple yet it adds flair and character. I'm not very fancy when it comes to stamping. Black ink is all I need. No coloring needed as I don't have patience and the time.

Thank you for stopping by and viewing my travel planner set up.
Where to next? Follow me on my Instagram to see where we're going next.

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Hello! It's Jennifer on the blog today! I'm so excited to share a page I  created with the new Spring Farmhouse collection! There is so much to love about this line from the floral prints to the fun embellishments! And it can be used for just about any theme project! Spring Farmhouse was perfect to scrap an older but favorite photo of my niece playing in my grandparents' garden.

I  began with trimming a piece of white cardstock to 11x11 inches. I  then adhered it to the beautiful floral of Live Simply and stitched around the edges to finish. For my title, I  used the "bloom" script from the Combo Sticker sheet which has numerous sentiments and beautiful florals to accent your project. You can also spy some of the pink gingham Washi Tape that is included in the collection! I  love adding small swatches to break up white space or accent my photos.

Using my electronic die cut machine with white cardstock, I  cut this floral wreath to adhere around my photo (Floral Wreath by Wild Pilot #275492) I  chose the green/white dot print of Plant Smiles and small floral of the Spring Farmhouse 2x2 Elements to back the intricate spaces of the flower. I  then added smaller embellishments from the 4x6 Sticker sheet and Bits and Pieces to accent. 

The Spring Farmhouse Bow Clips are a wonderful addition to the embellishments! You receive four in a package so there are plenty left over for additional projects! I  chose the black gingham Bow Clip to accent the top corner of my photo

The Bits and Pieces pack always includes fun journaling spots such as the deco shape shown. I  then layered flowers from the Combo Sticker sheet as well as a fun black gingham chipboard heart!  You can also see that Enamel Dots have returned! I  love sprinkling them around my pages because they give dimension and color!

I  again used the pink gingham washi tape at the top of my page as well as added additional flowers around my wreath. I  love this little sentiment found in the Bits and Pieces; I  thought it would go perfect with my photo

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  Check out the entire collection by going to the Products page! While there, you can see all of the fun new Simple Stories collections! Have a great day!

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Hi everyone! If you have a special boy in your life that is celebrating a special occasion or needs some extra love and affection, make any day a party with the bold and bright 'Lil' Dude' paper collection from Simple Stories! This collection is full of everything boy- trucks, dinosaurs, frogs and dogs along with the coolest boy sentiments!

This fun party set includes treat holders, cupcake wraps and a cute drink bottle! All super easy to make and they look even more fab with all of these awesome embellishments! I used a Silhouette cut file to make these adorable popcorn boxes that can hold all kinds of edible goodies or prizes. The papers in this collection have great prints on both sides so they look wonderful inside and out!

For the cupcakes, I simply traced a cupcake wrap that I had on hand onto the patterned paper and then cut them out. I then wrapped them around the cupcake and taped them together in the back before layering on the charming stickers, chipboard and Bits & Pieces. Voilá, the cutest treat ever!

For the milk bottle wrap, I cut strips of the patterned papers with decorative scissors to add details around the edges and then decorated them with more of the marvelous stickers and chipboard, layering some with foam adhesive for dimension. You could easily do this with water and juice bottles too! The treat holder is cut from a die and is also embellished with more bright pieces from the collection! These cool touches will bring a smile to any boys face and make for the raddest party ever!

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Hello again, it’s Emma back today!! I keep saying how I can ‘smell spring!’, it’s definitely in the air!, can you feel it? This month I’d like to share with you the glorious new Spring Farmhouse Collection! I have decided to set it up in the new Hello Floral A5. 

How bloomin’ gorgeous is that!! Of course I’ve used the Hello monthly inserts in it!! Well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it!! Ok, let’s take a look at the Spring Farmhouse Collection, it’s full of beautiful spring colours, and I’ve chosen to pick up a lot of the yellows for my set up, unfortunately taking the photos for my blog, I found the yellows just didn’t show up just how sunny and cheerful they really are! So, you’re just going to have to put your ‘sunshine’ tinted glasses on and use your imagination!!

I don’t really need to say again, just how much I love to stuff my pockets full to bursting with off cuts of the paper I’ve used on the dividers and plenty of the chunky chipboard pieces! 

I’m not sure what it is, but I have quite a soft spot for wellies!! ...don’t get me wrong, I’m real life I’m a complete flip flop lover but when crafting I love to use a wellie or two!! I’ve used the black and white check throughout to tie everything together and that of course is what made me choose to use the A5 Hello planner for this collection, as you can see the gorgeous check lining! 

For my March monthly pages I’ve once again grabbed the Number Sticker Tablet for numbering the days, this really is the most useful sticker tablet I’ve ever come across!! I’ve also used the delicate nude check washi which works so well with the watercolour touches on the monthly insert pages! I’ve also used lots of the stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet. A very easy and simple style to decorating! 

See!!! I told you I had a thing for wellies!!! When I saw the new metal dies that Simple Stories had bought out to go with the new collections I squealed with delight!! ...and when I spotted the Wellington boot die, well, I knew I had to use it!! I cut out a few in two different papers and chopped the tops off and swapped them over, I think it looks quite fun and will definitely make me smile when I turn the page!! 

There we have it, a quick look at what I’ve done so far with the spring farmhouse collection. Hope you’ve enjoyed it and I’ve encouraged you to have a play around with the metal dies! If you would like to see more pictures using Simple Stories products then checkout my IG account  Heartsbyemma (@heartsbyemma) • Instagram photos and videos

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